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Rosatom completes longevity testing of modified nuclear fuel for NPPs in Finland and Hungary

TVEL, PUBLISHED 05.12.2018

OKB Gidropress research and experiment facility, a part of Rosatom engineering division Atomenergomash, has finished longevity testing of fuel assembly models with optimized hydro-uranium ratio for VVER-440 reactors. This new modification of second-generation nuclear fuel is developed for the Paks NPP in Hungary and Loviisa NPP in Finland within the contracts between TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom and the foreign customers.

Longevity testing is one of the most essentialmilestones during nuclear fuel development especially important for the customers, since its results demonstrate behavior of structural materials in conditions similar to those inside the reactor core. In course of the testing, the behavior of the fuel assembly models was studied for 1500 hours in a coolant flow with the parameters as close as possible to the reactor conditions in terms of consumption, temperature, pressure and pressure pulsations

The test results were presented while the models were revised during the visit of the representatives of Forum Power and Heat (Finland), Paks NPP and the Hungarian regulatory organization. It was noted that the chosen technical solutions(for example, imitating the condition of burnt nuclear fuel) allowedto verify and confirm the performance of the new modification at all stages of nuclear fuel operation.

The new modification ofsecond-generation VVER-440 nuclear fuel allowsto increase the coolant volume inside the reactor core and optimize of the hydro-uranium ratio, which would have a positive impactfor both technical and economic performance of the power unit.

"The new fuel for the Hungarian and Finnish NPPs is based on a unified solution. However, it would allow TVEL Fuel Company to create an exclusive final product to meet each customer's own fuel cycle strategy and other individual requires. Our technical solution with higher uranium massenables us and our customer either to make nuclear plant operation more economically efficient by reducing the amount of fuel assemblies, or to lowerthe level of uranium enrichment", Alexander Ugryumov, Vice-President for R&D at TVEL JSC, commented.

Topics: NFC, TVEL, Hungary, Loviisa

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